Legislative Issues


tHE 2019 lEGISLATIVE SESSION CONVENED ON JANUARY 9, 2019

Through legislative and state government initiatives, BIAC works to improve the quality of life for people living with brain injuries while supporting initiatives to help prevent brain injuries from occurring. Information about current legislative efforts will be posted as it is available below.  The content may change or be updated as we gather new information. Go to the Archives for information on previous sessions.  For information on the ABI Waiver, click here.

While Governor Lamont has included level funding for Services for Persons with Disabilities in his budget proposal, this funding is still 40% less than BIAC received in 2017.  We continue to advocate for more funding in order to be able to to continue serving the people of Connecticut.
Public Hearing Testimony of Julie Peters
Public Hearing Testimony of Bonnie Meyers

HB 7140: AN ACT CONCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION REGARDING SEAT BELTS, MOTORCYCLE HELMETS, THE OPERATION LIFESAVER PROGRAM, MAINTENANCE VEHICLES AND TRANSPORTATION STATUTESThe Brain Injury Alliance of CT has joined efforts with a state-wide coalition committed to advocating for the introduction and passing of state legislation for full, mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. Research consistently shows that full head protection saves lives as well as minimizes any potential injury to the brain during a motorcycle crash. The Transportation committee has proposed a bill that would mandate the use of a motorcycle helmet for all motorcycle riders and passengers in the state of Connecticut. The proposed bill also includes expanding mandatory seat belt use in Connecticut to all passengers, including those in the back seat- regardless of age. Opponents of a universal helmet law are making their voices heard to legislators.  A Public Hearing was held on Monday, February 25th, with testimony that included:
Read BIAC Testimony regarding Helmets from Julie Peters, Executive Director
Read BIAC Testimony from Bonnie Meyers, Director of Programs and Services
Read Testimony from BIAC Board Chair Sarah Raskin

Please contact members of the Transportation Committee and ask them to pass HB 7140, because it will save lives, reduce traumatic brain injuries, and save the state money.

Other bills of note:

HB 7196:  AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATION REGARDING SEATBELTS.  To require seatbelts for all passengers in a motor vehicle.  BIAC Supports.  BIAC Testimony.

HB 7004:  AN ACT CONCERNING CONCUSSION EDUCATION FOR COACHES OF CERTAIN YOUTH ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES. To require youth coaches of youth athletic activities conducted on fields, courts and recreational areas owned, operated or managed by municipalities to annually view an informational video regarding concussions.  BIAC Opposes.  BIAC Testimony.

SB 396:  AN ACT CONCERNING SUDDEN UNEXPECTED DEATH IN EPILEPSY. To require a medical examiner to make a determination as to whether a deceased person with epilepsy or a history of seizures suffered a sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy. BIAC Supports.  BIAC Testimony.

 

BIAC is concerned with issues that remain significant barriers to individuals with disabilities in Connecticut.  To this end, we oppose legislation that negatively impacts individuals with disabilities and those who have low income.

Brain injuries are not just a medical issue. A brain injury can affect every aspect of a person's life (e.g., legal, education, employment, social and family relationships, emotional health, and mobility). Connecticut continues to lag behind many states in its services for individuals with brain injuries.  For these reasons, we support legislation which would increase the opportunities for individuals to be able to remain in their own communities, have access to transportation, housing and receive the services they need.

If you have any questions regarding any of these issues, please contact BIAC at 860-219-0291 or jpeters@biact.org

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